Two years after wreck, survivor goes home

Two years after wreck, survivor goes home

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on May 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 4:36 PM

GRESHAM -- If Cayla Wilson could speak, chances are she would say there is nothing sweeter than some fresh air and a trip home.  Her parents would agree.

"I'm so excited right now my heart is jumping out of my chest," said her mother Denise Wilson.  "She's where she belongs now."

It has been a tumultuous two years for the Wilson family. 

In April 2010 a driver who was high on methamphetamine slammed into Cayla. In March Jack Dean Whiteaker was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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She was given a one percent  chance to live and she made the most of it. 

Cayla spent six months in the hospital and a year-and-a-half in a Tigard rehabilitation center. Pregnant at the time of the crash, her baby was delivered prematurely, survived, but has some medical problems.

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"She's been quite the trooper," said Bill.

Cayla was welcomed home for the first time Monday.  Perhaps nobody was happier to see her than her little girl.

"She has a connection with her mama," said Denise Wilson.  "She loves her to death."

Denise has been by her daughter's side since the beginning, but to be with her at home is overwhelming.

To see how much support Cayla has all you have to do is look around her bedroom.  It is overflowing with family and friends who love the young woman who was not supposed to make it as far as she has.

"She has overcome so much," said Denise.  "She's never given up and she'll keep fighting."

 

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